Prepare to witness death-defying acts and amazing oddities at Friends of the National Zoo's annual adults-only Halloween party, Night of the Living Zoo, sponsored by Groupon.
Ghouls and goblins will enjoy craft beer, fare from popular D.C. food trucks, a spooktacular costume contest, and performance artists while dancing to music at the DJ dance party. It's a wicked night of fun that would be scary to miss!
Check back soon for 2019 event details.
2018 Event Highlights
- Live entertainment and performers
- Amazing oddities and performance artists
- After-hours access to animal houses and exhibits from 7-9:30 p.m.
2018 VIP Experiences
In addition to the general attractions, VIP tickets include:
- VIP express check-in
- One additional drink ticket
- Exclusive takeaway gift
- Private access to the VIP bar and lounge
- Private dance floor
- Complimentary food tastings from local restaurants
- Exclusive, VIP-only animal experiences and viewings
2018 VIP Area Restaurants
- Bier Baron Tavern and Comedy Loft
- Blackfinn Ameripub
- Dolce Gelati
- El Centro
2018 Food Trucks
Fare for purchase from popular food trucks.
Check back soon for ticketing information.
We encourage visitors to drink responsibly and take public transportation.
FONZ Members $15 | Non-members $25
All entrances will be open until 7 p.m. Only the Connecticut Avenue entrance will be open for vehicles after 7 p.m. Guests should park in lots B & D.
The Zoo is accessible via the Red Line to the Woodley Park-Zoo or Cleveland Park metro station. The Zoo entrance lies halfway between these stops, and both are a short walk from the Zoo.
Big Bus Tours Shuttle
Throughout the evening, free Big Bus Tours will transport guests from the Woodley Park Metro Station to the Panda Plaza Bus Lot on a continuous loop from 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
You must be at least 21-years-old to attend Night of the Living Zoo. A valid ID is required for admission. Babies and children will not be admitted.
In the interest of safety, the following items are prohibited:
- Weapons, and weapon-like items (hatchets, swords, baseball bats, etc.)
Food will be available to purchase at food trucks and Zoo restaurants throughout the event.
Credit cards are accepted at most food trucks, but not all.
Smoking is not permitted on Zoo grounds.
Night of the Living Zoo is held rain or shine.
Ticket sales are final. No refunds.
Photographs and/or videos will be taken at this event. These images may be used for educational, editorial, and marketing purposes on our website, in the press, on print materials, and in other publications. By entering this event, you consent to the Smithsonian's National Zoo and the Friends of the National Zoo photographing, recording, and using your image and likeness.